Story: Folk, country and blues music

Jack and Patsy Riggir, early 1950s

Jack and Patsy Riggir, early 1950s

Jack and Patsy Riggir entertain in the King Country during the early 1950s. Jack was a farmer from the Te Kūiti area who recorded a number of country-and-western singles and performed regularly, often with his wife, Betty. The couple's daughter Patsy began performing country songs at the age of five. She went on to become a major New Zealand country music star in the 1980s.

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Chris Bourke, 'Folk, country and blues music - Country music branches out, 1950s onwards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 July 2024)

Story by Chris Bourke, published 22 Oct 2014